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Astros trade Pat Neshek to Phillies for a player to be named later

Houston clears room in the bullpen for young arms.

MLB: Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

In conjunction with the announcement about the club option with Evan Gattis, the Houston Astros have traded RHP Pat Neshek to the Philadephia Phillies.

Neshek, 36, made 126 appearances out of the Astros bullpen over the last two seasons, posting a 5-8 record with a 3.36 ERA (38ER/101.2IP) and 94 strikeouts. The right-handed pitcher initially signed a two-year deal with the Astros that included a club option for the 2017 season on Dec. 12, 2014.

Neshek proved to be a key to helping turn around a terrible 2014 Astros bullpen. The 2014 All-Star was solid in the first year of his contract with a 3-6 record and 3.62 ERA in 66 games. In 2016, he saw his role reduced with the emergence of Will Harris and the addition of Ken Giles.

Neshek struggled down the stretch in 2016, he was 0-0 with a 5.87 ERA in 11 games with five earned runs allowed over 7 2/3 innings.